Thompson to miss Donington

James Thompson will miss this weekend's British Touring Car Championship rounds at Donington Park after having to withdraw from testing as a result of the after effects of his huge Brands Hatch accident

Thompson to miss Donington

The Honda driver spun backwards into the barriers at Dingle Dell after he lost control on cold tyres during the second round of this season's BTCC, ending up perched on top of the tyre wall after registering a 12G rearward impact.

Thompson appeared to be merely shaken at the time, but it later emerged that he had suffered concussion. TOCA medical official Dr Paul Trafford advised Thompson to withdraw from this weekend's races after he complained of headaches during testing yesterday.

Peter Kox will take Thompson's place alongside Tom Kristensen and Gabriele Tarquini for this weekend's races. Kox is racing in the European series this year with a J.A.S Honda and was Thompson's team-mate in the BTCC during 1998-9.

Thompson should return to the team for rounds five and six at Thruxton in eight days time. Ironically he was the favourite for victory at Donington as his main rivals from Ford and Vauxhall would be carrying success ballast following their podium finishes at Brands Hatch.

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